ERIC Number: ED453322
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-May-16
Progress on School Choice in the States. The Heritage Foundation Backgrounder No. 1438.
The school choice movement is gaining ground. Currently, 37 states and the District of Columbia have enacted charter school or voucher legislation. Public approval of school choice continues to grow, with approximately half of the respondents in a 2000 nationwide poll favoring vouchers for private and religious schools. A survey conducted for the National Education Association and released in March 2001 found that most Americans support the President's proposal to allow parents of children in chronically failing schools to use public dollars to send their children to their school of choice. Many prominent African American leaders support choice, and the Black Alliance for Educational Options was recently formed. More state legislatures and school districts are considering choice-related proposals. About 21 states considered legislation in 2000 to create charter schools or voucher programs for low-income students, and about 18 states considered tax credits or deductions to help parents with educational expenses. Choice supporters have found much to applaud in how the courts are handling anti-choice suits, with many states calling their charter school laws constitutional. Amendments to strengthen charter school laws are pending in many states, voucher legislation has been proposed in eight states, and tuition tax credit bills have been introduced in ten states. (Contains 79 footnotes.) (SM)
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Legislation, Educational Quality, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Government, Low Income Groups, Private Schools, Public Opinion, Public Schools, Scholarships, School Choice, State Government, Tax Credits
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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